80 Minute Math Opportunity Just Adds Up


Sahana Talwar

Math may be your favorite subject, or it may be the one you wish didn’t exist. Regardless, what you are about to read may help you earn scholarships and possibly make you likelier to be accepted into certain colleges.

In 6th grade, we were all given the opportunity of taking accelerated math. That was 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math all in one year. If you take that and you’re in 7th grade, you’re currently taking Algebra 1. Next year you’ll take Geometry, but there is a way for you to jump ahead.

80 Minute Math is this thing that Paschal offers FWISD middle schools. If you learn geometry on your own time in 7th grade, you can take this course.

Now it’s not actually that simple. First you have to learn geometry. You can try to learn it on your own, or you could get a tutor. Next, you have to be tested. Currently, the district recognizes tests from _ and _. You have to get an 85 or higher on the test(s) if you want to make it in.

There is a slight work around though. _ offers a course of geometry, so you could take that instead. You can’t finish the course in under thirty days and you have to get an 85 or higher, but at least it’s not all dependent on the test.

Now here’s what 80 minute math really is. It’s actually 60 minutes. On A days at Paschal, you spend an hour and a half learning math from 8:20 – 9:55. On B days, you spend thirty minutes from 7:50 – 8:20. So if you’re not an early bird, you might have to learn how to be.

Through  the year, you learn all of Algebra 2 and half of Precalculus. The following year, you learn the other half of Precalculus and all of Calculus. So by the end of your Freshman year, you’ll have learned one year more than 12th grade math.

A bus is supposed to pick you up and take you to Mclean. However, if you don’t want to be late, you might have to ask your parents to drive you. At least that’s how it is this year.

If you’re currently not in 7th grade and taking Algebra 1, you can still take this class when you get to high school.

80 minute math teacher Mrs. Pfeifer

Now, being that the person writing this article is one of those two people, I can tell you that this is an amazing opportunity that you should take. You get a glimpse of what Paschal will be like while also getting ahead in Math. So, take this opportunity because like Tom Peters once said, “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”.